Local basketball scout, Claudius Thompson, has predicted the biggest basketball explosion when the maiden season of the Central regional 2011 Milo Junior Ball Championship comes off on Friday March 11 at Cape Coast
Eight schools were vigorously selected for the basketball competition while over a dozen schools will compete for the choreography competition at the Hoops Care main basketball court.
The competition in the central region will conclude the three regional tour following successes at the Eastern and Greater Accra regions.
Catholic Jubilee, Philip Kwaku Memorial School, Mfantsipim Basic and Nicholas Basic School among others will slug it out for the ultimate title and the right to play at the grand finale slated for the Aviation Social Centre in the Nation’s capital, Accra.
Thompson who has been involved in the dug-out work for the competition says the region is ready to host its first ever Milo Junior Ball Championship.
‘Coast Coast basketball is really booming and we thank Milo for the opportunity once and for their desire to keep the dream of these kids in strait-jacket’. Thompson told Yaw Sakyi on the Rundown Show on Wednesday night.
‘The game is hugely popular among the kids and we’ve been doing a lot to ensure we tap the potential of these talented kids and help them grow it. This is the time for us to be counted and be seen around the World. Singing competition is off the hook and we’re really going to have a nice time’
Appearing on the biggest Entertainment Talk Show in Ghana was compatriot George Coomson who insisted the region had fastened their seat belt for the explosion.
‘Preparations have been excellent. We started last year with these kids when we got wind of the competition and one year down the line and I can comfortably say they’re ready for the showdown’. he said
‘The gateway to civilization started in Cape Coast and most of the schools have been exposed to the game as we continue to run basketball clinics and go round the schools to unearth massive talents’.
He added: ‘I believe the people of Cape Coast know what we’ve been doing with these children and they promised to turn up in their numbers to watch what their kids have for them. We’re still encouraging them to come and witness the greatest basketball blast in the Central region.
The duo work for Hoops Care International, an NGO, that provide opportunities for youth to develop leadership skills, healthy lifestyle, work ethic, commitment, honesty and integrity through sport, using basketball as the medium.
The 2011 Milo Junior Ball Championship is brought to you by Nestle Milo – the energy food drink of future champions.